Is it just us, or is fan behavior worse than ever across the US? Due to COVID restrictions over the past 2 years, fans were not allowed to attend games in many states, and it seems that the built-up energy has caused many unfortunate instances of negative fan behavior to come to the surface.
In this webinar, we took a step back to look at what it takes to ensure you’re creating a positive culture in your organization and to remind fans of the importance of good behavior. This discussion was be led by some of PCA's most elite trainers with experience in High School Sports...
TOP 10 TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS DISCUSSION
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These questions were posed by our moderator and the responses can be found by clicking on each question or the '+' below.
“Well, there really is nothing I can do about this situation...Kids will be kids, and after all, what they see on TV every Saturday reinforces the rotten fan behavior that I am discouraging. The mindset these days is that fans IMPACT the game by getting in the opponents’ heads and getting them off their game. How can I possibly make any difference in this climate?”
Due to the pandemic disruptions, nearly half of all students currently in high schools (9th and 10th grades) have no direct experience as part of a high school cheer section. They have only watched others, usually as negative examples, as they exhibit poor behavior and disparage opponents and bring the game down. Furthermore, the typical ways school administrators would educate students about their behavior have been sparingly available as those same disruptions do not allow for assemblies or other gatherings to discuss such topics. How do we get as many students involved in a positive cheer block as possible?
Unfortunately, we’ve been hearing about more incidents of racist spectator behavior. What can be done when negative student cheer section behavior involves racism?